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Sulfurous Signs of Life
Topic: Alien Life
Sulfurous molecules seen on alien worlds might indicate those distant planets host life, researchers suggest.

Seeing the Planets for the Trees
Topic: Alien Life
A recent study says that a particular mathematical technique could be used to detect forests on extrasolar planets.

Detecting Wandering Worlds That Host Life
Topic: Alien Life
Some planets that roam the galaxy without a star to call home still may be able to host life. Finding such rogue planets is difficult, but new research suggests these wandering worlds could be detected by their atmospheric auroras.

Searching for Alien Life? Try Failed Stars
Topic: Alien Life
Free-floating planets and sub-brown dwarfs – objects with mass midway between planets and stars – could prove fertile grounds for extraterrestrial life, according to a new study.

Astronomer Seeks ET Machines
Topic: Alien Life
If we ever do receive a message from outer space, we´ll want to know what kind of aliens sent it. SETI researcher Seth Shostak says we shouldn´t expect them to be anything like us – in fact, they might not be biological at all, but instead, extraterrestrial machines.

Odds for Life Better in Photosynthesis Zones
Topic: Alien Life
By calculating where photosynthesis might be possible around the galaxy, scientists are developing a new way to figure out where Earth-like planets with life might be located.

Seeing the Closest Aliens Will Take Centuries
Topic: Alien Life
As telescopes become more advanced, we´ll be able to see more details about planets orbiting other stars – including indications that those planets have life. However, it would probably take many centuries before we could actually see the aliens.

How to Respond When E.T. Says Hello
Topic: Alien Life
Scientists are studying the best ways to compose messages meant for alien eyes in case we ever do get the chance to communicate with extraterrestrials.

Avatar´s New Twist on Plants
Topic: Alien Life
Although they're not nominated for an Academy Award, plants play a central role in the blockbuster movie "Avatar." A botanist provided the science behind how these unusual organisms may have evolved.

Starring Intelligent Aliens
Topic: Alien Life
The most probable place to find intelligent life in the galaxy is around stars very similar to our sun, a new study has found.
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